We’re Mike and Melody, two crafty and musical tinkerers who met one night and fell in love. Doing a DIY wedding was hard work, but also a lot of fun that paid off in the end. We took many liberties with our big day, but stuck with the basic formula that an awesome wedding = good food, good booze, and good music. We’ll show you how we filled in the other details.
Visualizing the dozens of details that need to be planned is key. Mike found a big chalk board being discarded by a local high school and this was used as our organizational home base.
Step 1: Save-The-Dates
Melody drew a silly drawing in MS Paint and then imported it into Photoshop and pasted in photographs for the heads.
Step 2: Invitations
We bought a package of plain white card stock and worked in Photoshop for the invitations. Mike proposed during a cross-country trip that included passing through Nashville, where we were inspired by the designs of Hatch Show Prints . The front of the invitations were drawn by Melody (which includes the barn and our three cats). After scanning and cleaning it up in photoshop, we included an RSVP as a cut-out postcard. This kept the invitations light enough for a regular first class stamp and we only had to use postcard stamps for the RSVPs. A boning tool was used to fold the invitations, then stuffed into colorful envelopes bought from Staples.
Step 3: Centerpieces
We bought wooden craft birdhouses from Michael’s while they were on sale, and acrylic paint with the theory that it could be used later on for random craft projects. Doing this was much easier and inexpensive than bouquets and vases while fitting in with our eclectic barn wedding. We sprayed the birdhouses with acrylic to seal them, added wire and (musically themed) name tags for the tables, then put local honey jars around the centerpieces for favors.